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Well. Today is the day.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic issue #1 hits the comic shops today, as well as becomes available for digital download.

Nervous? Yep.
Reviews started a day or two ago, but today the floodgates open. So far, everything has been monumentally positive.
MLP #1 has crested over 100,000 issues in pre-order sales. That means it is the first comic in almost a decade to break mainstream sales. Our iTunes pre-sales outsold The Walking Dead.

Katie Cook and myself want to send a tremendous THANK YOU to the comics and MLP communities. I don't think any of our Pony team had any idea what we were in for, certainly not to this scale. Reviews of MLP and comic fans alike have been extremely generous with praise for Katie's writing, Heather Breckel's wonderful colors, and my art.

19 years ago today, my mother passed away. I'd been so horrendously busy and covered up that I didn't realize it until late last night. It hit like a ton of bricks. In some way or another, my mother is with me today and that makes this day that much more special to me. Earlier this year, one of my most important influences and teachers also left us, Joe Kubert. His influence helped bring me to this day. In great love and admiration, today is for these two people.

Alright, enough maudlin... I'll check the humility meter on my way out.

Also today! Original art auctions for the 4 MLP Preview pages end!! You have 10 hours before they end! More pages will be going up in the next few days
www.ebay.com/sch/andypriceart/…

And for those of you in the Anaheim California area, Katie and I will be at Beach Ball Comics this saturday for a release party! Signing! Sketching! THE FUN HAS BEEN DOUBLED!!
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Guild Wars 2 from the other room
  • Reading: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen... again
  • Watching: FRINGE... always. and My Name Is Earl
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: kettle corn
  • Drinking: ice water
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Gadvac Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the premise on the story. Props to Katie there! The expressions look great, I must say. I love Applejack's "That's them," face and Rarity's reactions to Pinkie de-beautifying her mane.
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andypriceart Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
the "that's them" has gotten more response than any image in the book!
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Gadvac Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense. It's a pretty funny line, with a funny expression to fit!
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:icontheagarthian:
It will ever be an European release of the comic please? I'm from Italy!
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:iconapplejack2011:
And Denmark too.
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:iconsparkythepegasus:
Hey man! Got my comic at a local store here in the Philippines last week, and I could ramble all day about how awesome every little bit of it, but I'll keep things brief and just say that it's looking TOTALLY RADICAL! Can't wait for next month! :D
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:iconerebusx:
Hey Andy, I just wanted to drop by and thank you for coming out to Beach Ball Comics on Saturday. It was great meeting you, and I love the Bon-Bon sketch you made for me! Keep up the great work!
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GShakespeare Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh shoot, I can't believe I neglected to mention it -- I'd also like to extend the same thanks and platonic love for the wonderfully popping colouring by Heather Breckel! :D

But yes. Great work. Helped make my week! :D
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GShakespeare Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I absolutely adored this issue, Andy. Props to Katie Cook for actually writing something that genuinely FEELS like an episode, too! :D
The dialogue for 99.999999% of the story actually feels totally right. Totally right!
Your art? Oh man, I don't know where to begin. I was blown away, I must say. I was able to appreciate the different things you tried. So many excellent panels.

I've read comics before, but never bothered to check them out again. This is something I know I'll re-read multiple times for -- at the very least -- the artwork.

Also, I got a lot of laughs out of it and had a consistent smile on my face throughout reading it. It's hard to get me to smile for more than a second or two. Grats!

Lots of platonic love from me to the two of you!
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:iconshadowdancerbrony:
Picked it up last night at the local comic store, have a couple special issues coming by mail. I really enjoyed the story you chose to start off with. I was expecting a fuffy filler to test out the process but I got the start of an epic adventure, bravo!

The style and background gags were done perfectly with the series but still have a unique feel to them. I'll enjoy keeping up with this.
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